Sangamon County has been awarded a $416,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services from the Juvenile Redeploy Program. The grant will provide vital services and resources to youth who are at risk of commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DoJJ) and their families, with the goal of reducing the number of such commitments from Sangamon County.
The Juvenile Redeploy Program is an evidence-based program that has been implemented in over 30 counties across Illinois. It aims to provide community-based services and resources to youth who are at risk of DoJJ commitment. By addressing the underlying factors that contribute to delinquent behavior, such as lack of education or job opportunities, family conflict, or mental health issues, the program seeks to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system.
With this grant, Sangamon County will expand and improve the services offered to at-risk youth and their families. These services may include educational and vocational training, counseling, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and family support. By providing these resources, the county hopes to reduce the number of youth who are sent to the DoJJ, ultimately improving the lives of the youth, their families, and the community as a whole.